Many turn out for job fair in Harrisburg

HARRISBURG, IL (KFVS) - It's not easy to get a job. That's the word from job seekers in southern Illinois. That's why many say they turned out for job fair in Harrisburg.

"At least 30 or so," said job seeker Jenah Luna.

Luna says that's the number of resumes she's submitted for jobs in just the last six weeks.

"Sams Club, Menards, Target, Home Depot," Luna listed off.

They are all places Luna applied but says she's heard nothing back.

Tuesday, Luna walked the job fair in Harrisburg with her resume in hand and the hopes of a job.

"I didn't know who might be here and they might need a resume," Luna said. "The only thing I'm sorry I, should have printed off more."

Luna moved from Nashville to Harrisburg. The mom of three says with her work experience and technical degree she didn't expect the job search to be so difficult.

"It is frustrating, because I feel like if I was in Nashville, I would have had a job yesterday," Luna added.

Meanwhile, Tonya Tate visited with possible employers. Tate says she wants to get off public assistance, but a past run in with the law seems to hold her back.

"I am able to work," Tate said.  "Why, should I be sitting around drawing public aid when I am able," Tate said.  "It will come a time in day when I am not going to be able, I wouldn't mind then, but I am able and willing, just that's holding me back."

Tate says she lost her job a few months ago.

Ashlee Church with Extra Help Incorporated says that's a reality they see every day. But church says when it comes to getting hired, flexibility is key.

"They may have to take a dream job that's not their dream job in order to get some work experience in order to prove to employers," Church said.

Still Luna continues to make her case at this job fair, with the hope she'll hear the words, you're hired.

"Somebody's going to call me, I have to have faith," Luna said.

Church adds holiday openings could be your ticket to something permanent. She says even if it that doesn't happen, the holiday job is still a boost for your pocketbook and resume.

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